Stunningly Beautiful: CryENGINE

The CryENGINE is a highly advanced development solution for the creation of blockbuster games, movies, high-quality simulations and interactive applications by using its Sandbox world editing system and Software Development Kit.

Last fall, the makers of this stunningly beautiful game engine, the CryTek (a video game company founded in 1999 by three Turkish brothers: Cevat, Avni and Faruk Yerli) has fully released the 3rd version of the CryENGINE with a SDK support…

But before telling something about this latest issue, let’s take a look to the older versions of CryENGINE.


The development of CryENGINE 1 took place in parallel to the development of Crytek’s first AAA game,Far Cry, between 2001 and 2004. The most important achievements that Crytek made with CryENGINE 1 are the Sandbox editor, real-time lighting, photo-real vegetation and high fidelity physics and AI. It also supports real time per-pixel lighting& High Dynamic Range Engine (up to 2km), bumpy reflections, volumetric glow effects, shinny surfaces and many more. The AI System of CryENGINE®1 enables team based AI and AI behaviors defined by scripts.
As seen on the PC games Far Cry and Aion Online, the CryENGINE 1 was a huge impact in the gaming scene!


After the great success of CryENGINE powered Far Cry, the CryTEK unleashed their new high-tech beast again with additional state of-the-art features like bump mapping, dynamic lights, integrated physics system, dynamic music system and a magnificent feature of High Quality 3D Ocean Technology! The bump mapping feature was created by the Polybump 2, which creates a high quality surface description that allows quick extraction of surface features… Thus, a very high polygon counts (e.g. 10 million triangles) are processed quite quickly. CryENGINE 2 has a flexible and easily customizable AI system which has a Dynamic Path Finding feature too.

Like on version 1, we experienced this new version mostly in the PC games like CrysisCrysis Warhead… 

And finally, the CryENGINE 3The Complete Game Development Solution

As their saying, “CryENGINE 3 is the fastest high-end renderer in the world, with new features specifically designed for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.” Benchmark-setting graphical performance, near-photorealism in indoor and wide-open outdoor environments and extra-ordinary real-time special effects are some of the hallmarks of CryENGINE technology. It has advanced modular AI system that support realistically rendered and animated characters.

CryENGINE 3 also introduces CryENGINE 3 Live Create which allows developers to work with a single editor, but see and play the results in real-time on PC, PlayStation3 and Xbox 360, hooked up to a single dev PC with significantly reducing the risk of multi-platform development.

So let’s take a look to this hi-tech state of art!

As Architecture of Life, we are proud to introduce you of this cutting edge technology. If you’d like to know more about these engines, you can join the extensive training program and learn how to use the tools by the people who created them by clicking here!

Game on!

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